Flooding forces evacuations in more Michigan communities

Central Michigan residents overwhelmed by flooding from two failed dames that submerged communities. Some refused to evacuate.


National News

May 22, 2020 - 1:44 PM

Kendra Tucker, left, and her sister Melissa McCann, both of Sanford, work to uncover lost family heirlooms and belongings on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Sanford. After multiple dam failures upstream this week, water flooded the village, destroying homes and business, uprooting trees and crumbling bridges and infrastructure.

SPAULDING TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — More Central Michigan riverside residents evacuated their homes Friday after being overwhelmed by flooding from two failed dams that submerged communities further upstream earlier this week, authorities said.

About a dozen people who live near the Tittabawassee River in Spaulding Township have evacuated, but some in the community refused to leave their homes despite warnings, Fire Chief Tom Fortier said Friday morning. 

Fields and roads were under several feet of water and resembling wide, shallow lakes. Water stood two to three feet deep in some houses where their owners decided to stick out the flooding, Fortier said.

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